Monday, July 10, 2006

Pirate Wars

Saw the Pirates sequel over the weekend... I'm sure everybody will be delighted to know that there were several parts of the movie, sometimes for almost five minutes at a time, that weren't directly ripped off from the original Star Wars trilogy.

What a creative movie.


Stefan said...

I don't get it.

Unless you're referring to the two comedic relief pirates being a little like R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Alex said...

And the cannibal sequence kind of being exactly like the Ewoks sequence.

And the Kraken kind of being exactly like the Sarlac Pit.

And Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann being exactly like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.

And the trip to the mystical being in the swamp who sends them on their journey being kind of like Yoda.

And... I'll stop for now.

Oh, almost forgot:


Stefan said...

Interesting factoid: the ewoks are never called so until the end credits of Return of the Jedi!

Alex said...

...exactly like how the pirates are never called pirates until the end credits of Dead Man's Chest!

Stefan said...

Another interesting factoid: Kraken comes from a scandinavian word meaning "the pathetic, horrible creature."

In its original context, before being applied to, most likely, giant squid, it usually referred to sad, stray dogs.

Anonymous said...

Just like how "Indiana" was the dog's name!

Alex said...

...and Dead Man's Chest takes place in Indiana.

What a boring, land-locked movie.

Neal K said...

Actually the pirates all live in the Matrix, hence their need to constantly visit the Oracle.

Also, apparently they decided to turn Johnny Depp into Euguene Levy to provide comic relief in a movie that shouldn't need relief because the whole thing should be entertaining.

Anonymous said...

alex is mean. and dumb. or perceptive.

Stefan said...

Honestly, I think I was just enjoying seeing pirates and pirate costumes and pirate locations too much to really care about it. Good movie? No, not necessarily. Did I have a good time? Yeah, I totally did.

Alex said...

...exactly like how you had a good time watching Star Wars.

Prosecution rests.

dusty said...

stop fighting, you're both pretty....'ish

Jack said...

By the way, am I the only one who had trouble following the plot of this movie? Did they expect us to remember all the characters from the first movie THREE years ago? I felt like such an idiot.

Also, they totally ripped this movie off of a theme park ride.

Jeff said...

I had a bit of trouble following it too. The pardon letters or whatever was bundled up in that leather thingy that Norrington was after was kinda confusing. And I don't think they really explained that the compass points to what anyone wants the most, even though that's how they treated it later in the movie.

Alex said...

Letters of Marque, dude. They make you an official agent of the government. Around the time of the movies (roughly), the government decided that instead of destroying pirates, they should use them, make them legitimate. Which, of course, sugnalled the end of piracy.

In this case, they would mean official forgiveness for any past trespasses.

And Jack Sparrow actually said, " points to whatever you want the most."

Still didn't like the movie, though.

Jack said...

Well, yes, I understand those letters and they eventually explained the compass.

But did they ever introduce Will's dad in the first movie? How did he know Jack?

How did Jack know to drop Will off onto that shipwreck that Davey Jones then boarded?

How did Davey Jones get to be an octopus monster? From what I understood, some woman or the sea broke his heart so he cut it out. Since when did that make you immortal/an octopus?

Finally, if Davey Jones' ship can travel underwater, why doesn't it do that all the time? How can a ship have supernatural powers beneath water, yet have to rely on the wind the rest of the time? Explain that!

I'm not even going to get into that hammerhead shark fellow and how there's no way he could breath above water with a shark head since he would have gills. I'm quietly furious.